Former Obama Operatives’ Pro-Obama Super PAC ‘Priorities USA’ –Not Registered With The IRS

February 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

The Super PAC that Obama has given his blessing to.

"We (Priorities USA) are committed to the reelection of President Obama.."

Link: http://www.prioritiesusaaction.org/about

(Fact Check.Org) –Priorities USA and its sister organization, Priorities USA Action, were formed in April [2011] by ex-White House staffers Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney as a Democratic counter to American Crossroads/Crossroads GPS. Burton was President Obama’s deputy press secretary and Sweeney was a senior adviser to Obama’s first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

Priorities USA Action is a so-called “super PAC” registered with the Federal Election Commission. It can raise unlimited amounts of money but must disclose the source of its donations. It filed statement of organization papers on April 28 and raised $3.2 million in its first two months, according to the group’s midyear report. Most of that money came from film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks, who donated $2 million. Katzenberg is also a major fundraiser for the president’s reelection. He has raised more than $500,000, according to the Obama campaign.

The PAC also received $500,000 each from the Service Employees International Union and Chicago media mogul Fred Eychaner, founder of the Newsweb Corp.

Priorities USA is a 501(c)(4) organization registered with the IRS. It can raise unlimited amounts of money and does not have to disclose its donors.

(The IRS maintains records online for political organizations, but there is no record of Priorities USA. Burton said the group did register with the IRS and has started to raise money.)

The FactCheck.org article is dated September 18, 2011 and as of today (Feb. 8, 2012) the IRS still has no record of Priorities USA’s (formed in April 2011) registration. That for the mathematically challenged, is nearly a year in.

Screenshot Feb. 8, 2012: Zero results found re: Priorities USA IRS registrationÂÂ

[http://forms.irs.gov/politicalOrgsSearch/search/basicSearch.jsp]

Theodore “Teddy” Johnston, a lawyer who headed Obama’s Florida fundraising committee in the 2008 campaign, serves as the executive director of both groups and oversees the fundraising operation, Burton told us. Until recently, Johnston was chief of staff to the International Trade Administration in the Department of Commerce.

Burton and Sweeney both hold the title of senior strategist. Paul Begala, a longtime Democratic consultant and CNN political contributor, is also a senior adviser to the groups, Burton said. [...]

http://www.factcheck.org/2011/09/priorities-usapriorities-usa-action/

BTW SEIU not only donates to Priorities USA, the two work in tandem creating attack ads: http://www.prioritiesusaaction.org/blog/2012-01-release-in-new-florida-ad-campaign-seiu-and-prioriti

And here is the WhoIs info on the domain PrioritiesUsaAction.org:

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Does the name “Megan Brencarth” ring a bell with anyone?

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